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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Without Adversity There is no Growth

I have breakfast with Lou in Montreal at the Queen E and of course, grab about 10 of those delicious French crepes (the real crepes).  Before we leave, Lou grabs about 4 croissants for his train ride back to Albany.  I walk him to le station du gare before I head to the airport for my quick trip to Quebec City.

A lovely two days with Father #2 in a very chilly Montreal for this time of year.  Quebec City must be freezing...and when we de-boarded the plane the cold air hit me like I was back in Albany in the middle of January.  My taxi ride to the hotel is quite depressing as the rain hit the windshield and the wind is blowing pretty hard.  The driver tells me that the weather will be like this tomorrow.

I check into into my hotel and head across the street to the Expo to pick up my bib.  What a small "expo"'s more like a meeting in a gym.  However I need to purchase a hat and a jacket with a hood.  I was not expecting this weather.  Sugoi to the rescue.

I brave the wind and take a taxi to have dinner at La Cremaillaire.  It is supposedly the best in Quebec City and I was not disappointed.  They were nice enough to make me a special pasta dish.

I finish dinner and they were gracious enough to call a taxi for me because the 40mph wind and rain was not my queue to walk back to the hotel.  After waiting another 35 minutes for a taxi, my mind is racing as the Maitre D tells me that this is the coldest summer night they have had in over 30 years.  I don't want to run tomorrow.   

The taxi driver informs me of the weather tomorrow before he drops me off in front of the hotel.  I pass other marathoners in the lobby and head to my room.

Will I really run in this weather?  I have not trained for that.  The weather channel did not say rain and wind and the temperature was supposed to be 20 degrees higher.  I get on Facebook and send my friend Marc a message.  His response - "Without adversity, there is no growth."  

I start preparing my running gear for tomorrow saying this phrase about 15 times.